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You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. SmithMarco, P.C., has over 30 years of combined experience practicing law protecting the rights of consumers around the country.

Contact us for a free case review to determine if your Fair Debt Collection Practices Act rights were violated. 

More than the Big 3 are Reporting Information about You

Since the Equifax data breach, many consumers for the first time are pulling their credit reports and reviewing their information.  While a major credit reporting security breach should not be the impetus for a credit review, it certainly did help to serve as a reminder that consumers should and need to know what’s reporting about them.  Accessing your credit report to ensure its accuracy should go beyond the big three.  There are more credit reporting agencies in addition to Equifax, Experian and Trans Union that store and report your confidential information.Read More...

Hope For Credit Reporting Changes in 2018

Since the disclosure of the Equifax data breach in September, American consumers have been warned to be overly cautious and protective of their personal information.  While data breaches occur more frequently than lenders would like to admit, the Equifax data breach was on an entirely different scale.  This breach leads us to ponder the question, is our credit reporting system the best available and best option for us. Read More...

Equifax Data Breach

You came to this page because you have concerns about the recent breach at the data centers of Equifax, one of the major credit reporting agencies.  We are well aware of the circumstances and we are aware that millions of people have been, or will be, affected by this breach.Read More...

New Credit Dispute Options

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the statute enacted to protect consumers and promote accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information, consumers are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three big credit reporting agencies.  The purpose of this recent amendment to the statute is to make a free report available to all consumers to allow them to review their report and ensure its accuracy.Read More...